SAN ANTONIO – Several missed opportunities plagued the San Antonio Rampage as they fell 3-1 to the Milwaukee Admirals (7-3-3) in front of 7,007 fans at the AT&T Center on Friday night.
The loss is the first for the Rampage in three games as San Antonio donned three different uniforms in honor of the San Antonio Iguanas and Dragons franchises.
“Take away the first eight or ten minutes of the first period and I thought we were good,” Rampage head coach Drew Bannister said. “We lost the special teams game. We had our opportunities, we missed two wide-open nets. That could’ve changed the direction of the game if we scored on those.”
San Antonio opened the scoring in the first period with Jordan Kyrou’s first of the season. Nolan Stevens flipped a puck through the neutral zone as Kyrou got loose for the breakaway and beat Milwaukee goaltender Connor Ingram for the 1-0 lead at 12:38.
The marker marks the first for Kyrou in just his second game of the season since returning from injury.
“It’s been a grind,” Kyrou said. “I’m continuing to build on my strength and it’s going to happen game by game.”
From there, it was all Milwaukee. The Admirals took the lead with two goals in the second period. Yakov Trenin knotted the score at one goal apiece as he deflected the puck past Rampage netminder Ville Husso off a Matt Donovan shot at 9:39. Daniel Carr gave Milwaukee the 2-1 lead five minutes later with a short-handed tally following a Rampage turnover.
Despite San Antonio having the 10-9 shots edge in the final frame, Milwaukee’s empty-net goal in the final moments dashed any hopes the Rampage had to come back.
Husso stopped 25 of 27 shots in the loss, while Ingram picked up the win, making 27 of 28 stops. Milwaukee went 1-for-1 on the power play, while San Antonio was 0-for-3.
“We need to score,” Bannister said. “We had chances, just gotta score.”
The Rampage are now 6-3-3 (15 points) on the season and will look to earn a weekend split when they close out their series with the Admirals Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.